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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Alphabe-Thursday - Sleepy Hollow Awaits

"Villainy wears many masks, none of which so dangerous as virtue...." - Ichabod Crane

For Jenny at "Off on my tangent" blog, my post is dedicated to the story of Sleepy Hollow,
for this week's letter "S".

The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow
New York.
Brought to life by Washington Irving
However did he write the story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?
The legend, complete with headless horseman and all which concerns this spectre, begins with the body of the trooper, which was buried in this very church-yard.
The ghost rides back and forth nightly to this scene, in battle for the quest of his head.  He rides with such commanding speed that sometimes as he passes along the Hollow, it's as if he were shot from a cannon.   When actually, he's in desperate pursuit to return to the church-yard before daybreak. 
Welcome to Sleepy Hollow.

Gather around for a telling tale of the ever famous Headless Horseman tale of Sleepy Hollow.
To Believe or Not to Believe
That is what you must discover for yourself.

The Old Dutch Church of Sleepy Hollow as it is today.
Above is how it appeared in the beginning, when Washington Irving wrote his short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, in 1819.
It was from his visit to relatives in Tarrytown as a child in the late 1790's and his love for their local community that brought forth his great story.
It seems he combined many of the folk tales he'd heard over the years with local traditions and wasn't shy in using names of many prominent families.
Katrina Van Tassel, the Old Dutch Church, Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman will forever remind us of the historic and legendary past.
Irving purchased the old Van Tassel farm in Tarrytown and at the end of his life he was buried in the Tarrytown Cemetery, now renamed the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
Perhaps you recall one or all of these books from your childhood.

Or, perhaps you are excitedly watching the new television series
of Sleepy Hollow.
The truth is, the Headless Horseman will forever be the main event in every tale told.

Sure there is much folly surrounding this famous legend of Sleepy Hollow-
but there is just as much truth to be uncovered as well.
Perhaps you are craving a bit of live story-telling?

Master Story-Teller Jonathan Kruk
Check out this link for the telling of this spooky adventure, if you dare.


Karen S. said...

Don't forget to check out the short Sleepy Hollow link! It's very entertaining, so much so, that I'm thinking it would be a rewarding visit to Sleepy Hollow this year!

Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

I watched the new show, Sleepy Hollow, and I just might be hooked! I guess I didn't realize that Sleepy Hollow is a real place!

Granny-Guru said...

It wasn't until I visited the neighborhood where my ancestors are from, Guilderland and Schenectady, New York, that I understood how close they were to Sleepy Hollow, a favorite childhood story. My great-grandmother is buried in a Dutch Reformed Church cemetery. I also didn't realize it was set around the Revolutionary War until I reread it last summer. Thanks!

Leovi said...

Wonderful church! This series is great, I love these pictures!

TexWisGirl said...

i don't like spooky stuff - even children's tales. :)

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

I've been tempted to tune in to check out the new show.

lissa said...

I've never the story in any form but the mention the headless horseman and I will immediately know who you're talking about.

great S post for AT. hope you have a great day.

R. Mac Wheeler said...

Cool pix ;o)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I did watch the first episode of Sleepy Hollow and it was good, but I like the book better!

Anonymous said...

Marvelous post and photography for S ~ one of my favorite stories ~ carol ^_^

Tracy Cook said...

Thank you so much for sharing I love to learn new things

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

SCARY "S" Post! :)

Sandra Tyler said...

what a great little bit of history!

Sandra Tyler said...

what a great little bit of history!

fredamans said...

Very cool post! Perfect for this time of year to learn such a scary history!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Like Tex-wise girl...I am not into scary tales :o)

but I do love the history of a town and that is so neat that the church is still standing, pretty much as it did in 1819.

Blessings & Aloha!

Pam Beers. said...

I didn't realize Sleep Hollow is a real place, either. It looks kinda creepy.

Rob From Amersfoort said...

I've watched the movie. I have the book in my possession but I haven't read it yet. I'm always interested in the Dutch heritage in the US!

Splendid Little Stars said...

interesting post! and great photos!
Ichabod's quote--so true!

Jenny said...

I have always been spooked by the simplest scary stories and the legend of Sleepy Hollow still startles me...

I wasn't brave enough to sneak a peak at the storyteller's link because I want to get some sleep tonight... (((winkwink)))

Spectacular post for the letter "S"!